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As director of the CIA, Leon Panetta led the intelligence war that killed Osama Bin Laden.

He then became US secretary of defense during two troubled wars. This was after “retiring” from his role as Bill Clinton’s budget czar and White House chief of staff to set up the Panetta Institute. Leon Panetta has had not one, but two of arguably the most consequential careers of any American public servant. “I have seen Washington at its best and at its worst,” Leon Panetta told the press when his new memoir, Worthy Fights, was announced. “My goal is to give readers the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn how our democracy works, and how sometimes it fails to work.” A not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear the inside story of this great leader’s legendary career.

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Emmy winning journalist Andrea Mitchell serves as NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent covering foreign policy, intelligence and National Security issues for NBC News and MSNBC. In addition to traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry, she hosts “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC, her daily program of political and foreign policy news. Mitchell was also a lead correspondent covering the 2012 Presidential Campaign. She is the author of Talking Back: …To Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels (Viking 2005), a memoir about her experiences covering five presidents, Congress and foreign policy. Mitchell joined NBC News in 1978 and previously served as Chief Congressional Correspondent and Chief White House Correspondent. Over the years, Mitchell has appeared regularly on “Meet the Press” as a panelist and substitute host.

Mitchell has also received the prestigious Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the National Press Foundation 2010 Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism and the Radio-Television News Directors’ Foundation Zeidenberg Award for protecting the First Amendment. She is married to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington, DC.

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